FR-P02-091 - Job Satisfaction differences of professionals that studied abroad and the ones that studied in their own country: The case of Curaçao’s professionals

Track:
Occupational choice and careers guidance
What:
Poster Presentation
When:
3 hours 30 minutes
Where:
O'Brien Foyer
Discussion:
0
 
Human resource management
Occupational choice and careers guidance
FR-P02-091
Job Satisfaction differences of professionals that studied abroad and the ones that studied in their own country: The case of Curaçao’s professionals
M. Mercera 1,*, A. Soares 2
1Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom, 2Coventry Business School, Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom
 
Content: Purpose
Each year 70% of 400 students that graduate in Curaçao, move to Netherlands to continue their studies, from which 30% return back to Curaçao. One question that emerges from these data is: “are the professionals that study in Netherlands more satisfied than the ones that studied in Curaçao?”.  Therefore, this study presents preliminary results of a study that aims to assess the importance of studying abroad for job satisfaction of professionals from Curaçao.
 
Design/Methodology
We have conducted a questionnaire on Job Satisfaction developed by Spector (1979) with professionals from two different companies (N=32).
 
Results
The results show significant differences between these two groups regarding their satisfaction with pay and promotion, but not regarding their general satisfaction.
 
Limitations
By only making a distinction between respondents that studied in Netherlands and respondents that did not, the research did not take other possible geographical differences into account. Even though this study intends to present preliminary results, the sample is small and should be increased in further stages of this study.
 
Research/Practical implications
The results of this study can be used as a building block when it comes to future studies on individuals that moved or want to move back to Curaçao after completing their studies in Netherlands. They can also give clues about the sources of satisfaction of each group, allowing a more effective human resources management.
 
Originality/Value
To our knowledge, this study is the first analysing the differences in the satisfaction between professionals working in Curacao that had studied in Curacao and Netherlands
 
 
 
 

 

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